Seahorse Sailor of the month: Alessandro di Benedetto
MUSTO sponsors a ‘sailor of the month’ competition column in Seahorse magazine, and we thought we’d share the results with you. Every month we give away an Evolution Soft Shell Jacket incorporating style, performance and fleece lined GORE-TEX® fabric technology to the lucky winners.
October’s winner is Alessandro di Benedetto (ITA).
‘As a marine surveyor I’m often asked if a boat is safe to take offshore… now I send them to Alessandro’s site; it’s the sailor not the boat’ – Gale Browning; ‘Mad to try, more than a bit special to pull it off’ – Steve Homewood; ‘Beating Big Ben is a feat [Giles Scott], but getting a Mini round the world, much of it with jury rig, that really rings the bell!’ – Randy Richter; ‘What solo sailing should be about: seamanship, perseverance and a screw loose’ – Dave Knight. Please call us for your prizes.’
SCOTT FERGUSON (USA)
He won it last year and we thought, OK that’s a pretty good effort from someone who spends most of his life over a computer designing rigs for the world’s fastest boats. Then he won again this year, at a windy and enormous regatta in the chilly tides of the English Channel to defend his title as Laser Masters World Champion. There were plenty of other very worthy nominees there too, but Scott’s now gone and raised the bar…
PIET VROON (NED)
Is there a bigger supporter of offshore racing anywhere in northern Europe? With a series of immaculately turned-out yachts, Piet Vroon has long been one of the most familiar figures at just about every race held around the English Channel and North Sea. He often wins too; plus commissioning one of the raciest of IRC racers as you move into your 80s also tells you a great deal about this understandably popular skipper.
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